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Multi-Input Multi-Output Integrated Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite for Energy Controls

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Author(s): Gou Nishida | Motonobu Sugiura | Masaki Yamakita | Bernhard Maschke | Ryojun Ikeura

Journal: Micromachines
ISSN 2072-666X

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 126;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: IPMC | polymer | integrated actuators/sensors | controls of PDEs

ABSTRACT
This paper presents an integrated sensor/actuator device with multi-input and multi-output designed on the basis of a standard control representation called a distributed port-Hamiltonian system. The device is made from soft material called an ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC). The IPMC consists of a base film of a polyelectrolyte gel and a double layer of plated metal electrodes. The electrodes of the experimental IPMC are sectioned, and it is implemented as a control system with four pairs of inputs/outputs. We stabilize the system, and detect changes in dynamics by using the control representation.

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